March 30, 2009 Subject:
No Records of Existence
You don't need cold weather. You don't need tons of rain. You don't need high suicide rates. You don't need a lot of dark nights. You don't need any of them to write melancholic and sad music.
Valafar comes from the great Mexico and can truly write distressed songs. "No records of existence" is Valafar's effort from 2004. The great mind behind this project is Víctor Hugo Valdez Soto. He does all of this for fun, but believe it or not, Valafar has got potential!
The five songs on "N.R.E." are all very catchy and discouraging:
The song "N.R.E. (No records of existence)" itself reminds me a lot of the new Katatonia. Down tuned, unhappy, fragile and disheartened.
The only difference with the Swedes is the use of synths giving the song a tick and extra atmosphere. "Falling down again" and "Soul vortex" sound totally different, yet truly sad as all songs on this disc. This time the synths play the leading roll. Both the synths and Valdez gothic vocals push this song into the dark wave room. I'm not very found of that kind of wave sounds, but this one really holds my attention!
The song "Silence" doesn't sound quiet at all and proves to be good Katatonia worshipping! I think it's clear now what you can expect of this band.
The tunes stick to my head and replay over and over again. Valdez could gain a lot of positive feedback on this one.
Though he has to improve the sound. It all sounds very mechanic and computer-ish. I'm kind in a conflict with myself?
I think the computer drumsound ruins it for the more guitar orientated songs, yet it totally suits the more electronic sounding tunes. Perhaps a combination of real and digital drums will do the trick?
Imagine "N.R.E. (No records of existence)" with a real heavy sound? Sensational?
This is a darn fine demo release. I would say: check this one out when you're into alternative gothic metal. And when you're not: check it out too!
"And for every move I make. And for every word I tell. And for every pain I felt. All my world seems to end"